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About two years ago, I started having severe upper back pain after being adjusted by an osteopathic doctor for a diagnosis of costochondritis (inflammation of the rib cage). Almost immediately, I began having pain in my mid back through my shoulder blades and sometimes up to my neck. Doctors would always tell my that I was having muscle spasms and xrays always came back fine. After 6 months of seeing doctors and a physical therapist, the pain lessened although my back always seemed sore when lifting things. Last November, the pain returned for no apparent reason, but again went away after months of doctors visits and pt. Now, the pain has started again, almost a year later. I have such severe pain that I find it difficult to concentrate at work and function. Advil and muscle relaxers don't seem to alleviate any of the pain and I can hardly sleep at night. I have no knowledge of why this pain is reoccurring, and I am only 23 years old, so I am very frustrated and confused, at times a little scared to what is going on. I have requested an MRI, but my doctor feels it is unnecessary. If anyone out there could give me any advice or possible causes for this, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
kwiggers,

you said that it is a pain in your upper back. Do you mean between your shoulder blades? What kind of pain is it? Does it feel like a pulled muscle? Or does it feel more like a pinched nerve?

Try to think of what sort of exercises the physical therapist did to help alleviate the pain. You can probably devise some exercises based on thess that you can do at home to help alleviate some of the pain.

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